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Christy L. Erving

Assistant Professor of Sociology

How do social factors produce and maintain disparities in physical and mental health?

As a whole, my research employs quantitative methods to explore how race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and gender interact to produce differentials in a variety of health outcomes. Using theories, concepts, and perspectives from several research areas, my program of research focuses on clarifying and explaining status distinctions in health. I’m currently developing four related streams of research: 1) status distinctions in physical-mental comorbidity, 2) the relationship between physical and mental health, 3) psychosocial determinants of black women’s health, and 4) the Black–White mental health paradox. 

My research has been funded by the American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2014-2016, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and received a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Rice University.